People have always told me that I should apply for jobs even though I have no experience and no chance at anything. Sometimes I indulge these ideas of some people when they tell me to do them and for once I was genuinely surprised about the reaction I got when I did go for something I had zero chance of getting. I learned a lot and I want to share that with you.
At the company I currently work for a job came up. I didn't know about it, I didn't want to apply for it but one of my mums friends asked me if I had seen it and she thought it would be a good fit for me. God knows why because I know zero about social media. It was a job for Social Media Executive, I mean I know I blog and I use social media but how to use either one to promote and increase business - I knew nothing about that.
However, my brother, my mother and her friend all encouraged me and told me the things I could so and that I should be saying I can do in the cover letter. After a lot of encouragement I gave in and asked my manager how I went about applying for the job internally. I wrote a letter, and updated my CV and then I waited. I didn't think anything would come of what I had done.
I received an email a few days later telling me when and where my interview was and what I needed to do during it. I had to write and compose a presentation for the main people in the marketing department. This alone had my nerves sky high. My brother helped me out so much with the presentation and by the end of our two hour conversation I was confident about going for the interview - still in the mindset that I wouldn't get it, but now I would have a fighting chance.
I also had to do some copywriting - I did not know what I was doing and honestly I probably bodged the entire two assignments. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing with these two things and I spent most of the time giving the graphic designer tips on programmes that I use in my blogging life.
Afterwards I had this feeling that it wasn't meant to be and of course I was right, but the moral of the story is you should apply and now I am going to tell you why. The feedback I got from both the HR manager and the Marketing Manager was incredible. They were so blown away with my presentation and knowledge that they were seriously impressed. They told me that if there was a position for an assistant they would put my forward for it because they think I could learn and become something great.
They also said the only reasons they didn't pick me was because the guy they did pick had won awards and had a lot more knowledge than me and could do everything that wanted without having to be taught. That doesn't mean I shouldn't have applied because I learned a lot about myself.
Have you has any experiences like that? Let me know in the comments.